Animal Care Internship

Dolphins Plus offers unique opportunities for undergraduate, graduate students, and recent college graduates, interested in obtaining practical experience in the marine mammal training field. Working in groups, as well as individually alongside our professional animal trainers, animal care staff, and research scientists, our interns delve into all aspects of day-to-day facility operations. Whether it’s assisting with our dolphin swim programs or aiding in the care of our marine mammals, Dolphins Plus interns enjoy a truly immersive and valuable start to a career in Animal Care.

Internship Duties/Goals
  • Assist staff with daily operations and procedures, including, but not limited to:
    • Diet preparation
    • Overseeing and participating in dolphin swim sessions
    • Facility cleaning and maintenance
    • Guest relations
    • Guest education and public speaking
    • Assisting with dolphin training sessions
  • Participate in a comprehensive lecture series and complete relevant exams to evaluate progress
  • Assist with multiple departments as needed, including the Photography and Education Departments
  • Collect data to support ongoing Dolphins Plus research projects

It may be possible to acquire academic credit from your hosting university for the Dolphins Plus Internship. However, these opportunities and conditions vary among colleges and universities, and students are responsible for making these arrangements and clarifying the conditions for the receipt of academic credit PRIOR to arriving on-site. Once accepted to the program, interns will discuss the details for the acquisition of credit(s) with their academic advisor and will furnish the Internship Coordinator with a letter highlighting these requirements.

Application - Required Documents
  1. Completed application (Animal Care and Training Internship Application)
  2. Current college transcripts (official or unofficial)
  3. Resume and cover letter
  4. Recent photograph
  5. Two letters of recommendation (must be sent directly from your referees to Dolphins Plus; see application form for additional details)
  6. Application Fee: $25 - Personal check, money order, cashier’s check (mailed with your application) or credit card are all accepted forms of payment. Those wishing to pay with a credit card may do so over the phone with our guest services department by calling (305)-451-4060.
Mail Documents To

Please mail all application materials before the application deadline listed above to:

Dolphins Plus
Attn: Animal Care and Training Internship Coordinator
101900 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037

This internship is no joke. This will completely give you a kick-start into the Animal Care industry. Not to mention falling in love with some of the greatest animals (and people) on the planet.
Sarah M.
The internship at Dolphins Plus changed my life! The experience of participating in diet preparations, facility maintenance, data entry, and being part of the day to day operations solidified my dreams of becoming a marine mammal trainer one day!
Cassie Snyder, Animal Care and Training Intern (Summer 2010)
The Dolphins Plus Animal Care and Training Internship was a great experience and showed me just how much hard work and dedication goes into marine mammal training. It helped me to achieve my life long dream of becoming a trainer at Dolphins Plus!
Jordan Walker, Animal Care and Training Intern (Winter 2009)
I just wanted to mention that this was the most organized internship that I have ever had. I really appreciated that I always had something to work on so that I was moving forward each day. I really loved getting to intern at Dolphins Plus this summer! Thank you for everything!
Cori S.
The summer animal care and training internship of 2018 was AMAZING! My semester finished later than most, so I ended up having to start the internship later and they were extremely helpful and understanding! The trainers caught me up to speed and made sure that I was on track to do well! I also learned so much more at Dolphins Plus than I have anywhere else. This program is a great one for any level of intern, whether it is their first internship or their third.
Allie H.
I completed the summer 2018 Animal Care and Training Internship at Dolphins Plus. It was an amazing experience and I will never forget my time there. As if seeing the dolphins everyday wasn't rewarding enough, all of the trainers and staff were extremely nice and eager to have you learn as much as you can during your time here. I fell in love with this facility, my fellow interns, and the amazing trainers that have taught me so much. I would highly suggest this internship if you have an interest in the marine mammal training field.
Amanda A.
This was an amazing internship experience! It was well-rounded with lots of elements of education and animal training, providing me with unique opportunities to help me pursue my future career. I would recommend this internship for anyone looking to learn more about this field and gain valuable experience that would help them acquire a trainer position some day.
Jessica B.
Dolphins Plus is an amazing facility and the animal care and training internship was such a great experience! I learned so much about the marine mammal training field and made the greatest friends (humans and dolphin) along the way. This internship will show you all of the hard work that goes into marine mammal facilities and has encouraged me to continue pursing my dreams of becoming a dolphin trainer one day!
Alyssa A.
I absolutely loved the internship at Dolphin's Plus. It is by far the most hands on experience I have had in the marine mammal internship field. I recommend this internship to everyone.
Anna W.
I really loved this internship. It was nice to work in an atmosphere where everyone cared for one another in addition to caring for the animals. I was able to learn an immense amount of skills and knowledge that will forever stay with me as I progress through this field.
Caleb B.
I came to Dolphins Plus for the dolphins, and ended up staying for one of the most wonderful group of people I've ever had the pleasure of working alongside. This internship will absolutely jump-start your advancement into the animal care industry!
Trenton (Fall 2018)
My Summer internship at Dolphins Plus was an incredibly rewarding experience. The knowledge I gained from the amazing staff and animals is valuable and I will carry it/build upon it throughout my future career.
Alyssa B.